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    Default where is the humor?

    On a church bulletin during the minister's illness: "GOD IS GOOD. Dr. Hargreaves is better.


    Could you plese tell me where the humor is in the above joke? Does Dr.Hagreaves have special meaning here?

    (It is difficult for me to know the poit in the English jokes.)

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    Default Re: where is the humor?

    Quote Originally Posted by tien-sung View Post
    On a church bulletin during the minister's illness: "GOD IS GOOD. Dr. Hargreaves is better.


    Could you plese tell me where the humor is in the above joke? Does Dr.Hagreaves have special meaning here?

    (It is difficult for me to know the poit in the English jokes.)

    tien-sung

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    To me, the statement is only mildly humorous! Nonetheless, the church bulletin was letting the congregation know that the minister (Dr. Hargreaves) is recovering from his illness. Example: "GOD IS GOOD. Dr. Heargreaves is feeling better."

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    Default Re: where is the humor?

    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    To me, the statement is only mildly humorous! Nonetheless, the church bulletin was letting the congregation know that the minister (Dr. Hargreaves) is recovering from his illness. Example: "GOD IS GOOD. Dr. Heargreaves is feeling better."
    Not a rib-tickler, but your analysis is right. The humour derives from the contrast between the actual meaning (as given by amigos4) and the meaning the context encourages the reader to impose (inappropriately contrasting 'good'/'more good').


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